Many of One World Week's partners and supporters run campaigns and activities relevant to the OWW theme.
You will find summaries and links below to actions you might wish to take or draw attention to at OWW events.
Action Aid campaigns against policies and practices that keep people poor. Find out about their tax dodging campaign here. Tax dodging means depriving governments of the funds to invest in better public services, thus driving people to migrate elsewhere to seek a better life.
Their campaign, "FEARLESS" addresses issues of violence against women - more here .
They do great teaching resources too!-on these and many more topics - more here
Cafod's latest campaign:
Share the Journey:
asks you to take action on the refugee crisis and show your support for people forced to flee their homes, by signing their petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations. here
More ideas and resources to take action on the refugee crisis - here
is offering opportunities to Act for Change:
to call on the UK Government to ensure the UN negotiations include better protection for all displaced people, not just refugees but internally displaced people too. (A briefing paper is available here)
to take responsibility for climate change and make changes to protect the planet:
-The BIG SHIFT
The banks are using our money to invest in fossil fuels - you could email your bank to ask them to help combat climate change by moving our money out of fossil fuels and to invest in renewables - more here; watch a very clear film here
-The Big Shift Global
You can ask the World Bank to get all their money out of dirty fossil fuels and into affordable renewable energy to reach and benefit even the most vulnerable and remote communities. (more here)
There are excellent resources: films, prayers etc. about actions we can take to stop climate change
Global Dimension was hosted by "Think Global" until November 2018, when, sadly, after 35 years of promoting global learning, "Think Global" closed.
Fairtrade Fortnight 25 February - 10 March 2019 will focus on cocoa, empowering women and a living income - more here
The Fairtrade Foundation is campaigning, alongside other partners, to make post BREXIT trade deals work for developing countries.
"EU measures currently mean many farmers from the poorest countries do not have to pay tax to import their produce into the UK. If equivalent ones aren’t put in place by our government, the moment we leave these farmers could face a £1 billion import tax bill."
They want you to Email your MP now and educate them on what’s at stake. This could be the moment the UK changes to trading in a way that delivers a fair deal for everyone.
Global Education Week
One World Week is the UK representative of The Council of Europe’s Global Education Week
The 2018 week took place from 19-25 November. The theme for 2018 was “The world is changing - How about us?"
Global Justice Now
Global Justice Now runs significant campaigns which relate to how we can help bring about change in the world. Their reports and briefing papers offer insights and analysis into the injustice of systems that cause poverty and suffering and what changes are needed for a better world to become possible.
Local groups received the OWW 2018 leaflet in their Think Global mailings in July, and the Portsmouth group organised a well attended OWW event, a talk/discussion on "Dare to Dream - a world without borders" with GJN's Head of Campaigns. Find out if there's a group near you - here - that you could work with.
More on their campaigns here (the drop-down menu lists campaigns where you'll find the detailed reports and briefings and actions)
Opportunities for on-line actions we can take now - here:
- Jeremy Hunt: support the UN treaty on transnational corporations
- The Trade Bill - ask the House of Lords to vote for trade democracy
- Join the fight for affordable medicines
- MPs not border guards
- "Call for an inquiry into press racism"
- "Let’s end the hostile environment and fight for global free movement" (more here)
The Inter Faith Network
Their website has information and resources to help you find opportunities and ways to develop better understanding between faiths, here.
Inter Faith Week 2018 took place from 11 to 18 November, 2018. It was the 10th such Week.
Inter Faith Week has grown steadily ever since its launch in 2009. It is a fantastic opportunity for people of all faiths and beliefs to mix and learn; visit places of worship of your neighbours and find out why their faith matters to them; get past stereotypes and misunderstandings and increase religious literacy; celebrate; dialogue; and volunteer together to help your local community. - All about it here
Specific ideas and resources for Inter Faith Week, here.
"We believe in working together to campaign and advocate on important issues that affects the lives of many in the UK and across the world. We are working on some of the most pressing issues facing the world today such as climate change, conflict, gender issues and more. To join our campaigning activities and to stay updated please email Maiya Rahman."
Visit their website here
Oxfam invite you to find an action to:
Stop UK arms fuelling suffering in Yemen here
Stand as One with refugee families - and help refugees in the UK be reunited with their families here
Reduce the gap between rich and poor - you can find out about Oxfam's campaigns to tackle inequality and tax dodging here
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Scotland has its own coalition which helped secure the Scottish Climate Change Act targets to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020.
Visit their 100 Voices campaign here for testimonies from around the world from people affected by climate change urging Scotland to remain a global climate leader as the Government finalises their new Climate Change Bill.
SCCS are running Campaign Workshops to share knowledge and plan action for our future. More here.
Other news here
Stop Climate Chaos Wales
Wales has its own coalition - more about it here
OWW is one of a number of civil society groups supporting a campaign to Stop ISDS in UK trade policy. Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms allow foreign investors to sue national governments for any measures which harm their profits. This makes it harder for governments to regulate in the public interest and can cost the taxpayer millions. Developing countries are especially vulnerable as they pursue Sustainable Development Goals and legislate to improve their environment, employment rights and health of their people – any of which might harm foreign investors profits! Find out more about ISDS here. Find out which organisations are part of the STOP ISDS coalition here.
This campaign is especially timely as the UK reassesses its trade and investment policy in the light of Brexit, but it is also supported by groups across Europe and internationally. If you wish to support this campaign you can sign a petition addressed to the UK government here
The Climate Coalition
OWW is a member of The Climate Coalition (TCC);
Green Heart Hero Awards (nominations for 2018 closed 7 December) but news here (see what's happening in 2019).
Celebrate the 10th Birthday of the Climate Act - Go for Zero -more here
Trade Justice Movement
OWW is a member of the Trade Justice Movement.
Click here for more information about their work
TJM has detailed discussion papers related to current trade issues:
- latest briefing for the House of Lords on the Trade Bill - download from TJM here
- the implications of Brexit for trade and international development here
- an alternative vision for trade policy- here
- trade policy designed to explicitly support the Sustainable Development Goals and the development goals of communities in the world’s poorest countries: here
Traidcraft campaigns - news of them here
Current campaigns include: Trade and the opportunities Brexit offers to negotiate fair trade deals with developing countries that benefit everyone; lots of information and a report here.
Traidcraft exchange is also focusing on helping producers affected by the reorganisation Traidcraft plc. and raising funds urgently for this work - more here
If you want to order Traidcraft products for refreshments or a stall at your event go to the Traidcraftshop website here. Traidcraft plc will be undergoing a major reorganisation early in 2019 but you can still order products here.
UNITED for Intercultural Action
OWW is a member of this European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees. More about the Network here
Please note: United is in the process of updating the addresses of member organisations. They have not yet entered the current contact details for OWW that we have sent them.